The Moon reaches Full tomorrow night, the Full “Hunter’s” Moon, though it rides across the skies over the next few nights. Its name implies the hunting that is done in the fall to provide food through the winter. It is also known as the Kindly Moon in Chinese lore, and the Moon “when quilling and beading are done” by the Lakota Sioux.

The Full “Hunter’s” Moon enjoys the company of Jupiter as they rise in the east during the fading twilight, and remain close through the night. In order for the Moon to be Full, it is positioned directly opposite the Sun. With Jupiter in the vicinity, this must be true of Jupiter as well. More precisely, Jupiter reaches its opposition on November 3rd.

The bright, bluish-white star Vega is due west and very high at 7:00 PM EDT. Vega is one of the nearer stars to us, at a distance of 26 light years. This young star is tinted blue because it is very hot, burning up its fuel much faster than our Sun.